A few weeks ago in The Messenger, I announced that the Adult Choir would be presenting Théodore Dubois’ oratorio (another word for a large-scale cantata) “The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross” for Good Friday. Since then, the choir has been working very hard and excitement has been building! In anticipation of this very special worship experience, over the next three weeks, I’d like to share a bit about the work in general starting with the composer himself, Théodore Dubois’.
Dubois is probably not a name you’d find in the great concert halls of the world, but he was quite a musical force in 19th century France and served as the Organist & Choirmaster at the prestigious Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde in Paris. He also served as the director of the Paris Conservatoire for a time which is still considered one of the premiere music schools in the world. While he composed a large body of works, very few of them are performed today and the “Seven Last Words of Christ” is perhaps the most popular. We hope that you’ll make plans to join us and discover for yourself why this piece remains one of the most performed oratorios of the 19th century.
~Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music Ministries